Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 27, 2009 08:00 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff to speak in Ottawa

April 28 Day of Mourning for Killed and Injured Workers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - On Tuesday, April 28 Canadians will observe a National Day of Mourning in memory of workers killed or injured on the job. Canadian Labour Congress CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff will participate in and speak at an event in Ottawa.

According to the most recent Canada-wide information available, 1,055 people lost their lives at work in 2007 - that's four people killed every working day. The situation in Canada is getting worse. In 1998, there were 809 workplace deaths, but by 2007 it had jumped by 30 percent. In Ontario, 246 workers lost their lives in 1998 because of their jobs. By 2007, the number had jumped to 439, an increase of 78%. Preliminary figures for 2008 put the national death toll at 1008, due in large part to a drop in Ontario (356), although Alberta, BC and Nova Scotia all saw significant increases.

Why is this being allowed to continue? Why are employers not being called to account? Yussuff will address those questions in his remarks and will be available to comment to the media.

WHAT: National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job

WHERE: Vincent Massey Park
(at the worker's memorial overlooking Heron Road Bridge)

WHEN: 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

WHO: Hassan Yussuff, CLC Secretary-Treasurer

PHONE: 613-863-1413

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

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